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ASUS has today formally revealed all about their handheld gaming PC, the ROG Ally and it's releasing in June with a pretty competitive price. It runs Windows 11, so for the GamingOnLinux followers, it may not exactly be what you're after. However, with handheld PC gaming rising, especially with the Linux powered Steam Deck, it's good to keep an eye on the competition right?

Today they revealed the pricing after many leaks:

  • AMD Ryzen Z1 model: $599 - launching in Q3.
  • AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme model: $699 - launching June 13th.

Picture source - ASUS YouTube

Goes without saying really but I will anyway: I will be sticking to the Steam Deck and desktop Linux. Just because something new comes along, doesn't mean I'm going to instantly jump towards it. Not everyone has money to burn every time something a bit more powerful comes along.

IGN already have a review of it up and it sounds overall like a good device, with battery life also not long when playing bigger games like the Steam Deck. They do make a point that the initial experience with Windows 11 and ASUS Armoury Crate being a nuisance.

It will definitely be interesting to watch how this will affect the Steam Deck though. Competition is absolutely good! It benefits everyone and it pushes all sides to do better. Plus, the more companies that show there's a demand for handheld gaming like this, the better the future will be for it, including a potential Steam Deck 2.

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slaapliedje May 16
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: EikeAs usual... Linux is just more user friendly! :D

No it's not, but that is not the issue.

I'm sure you're aware it was said jokingly, but I have to add what just happened to me...

My printer is out of magenta ink and states it can only print black and white. From Windows, I couldn't print (having set everything to black and white), to the disappointment of my little ones. Today I tried it on Linux, and it just worked.

Yes, sometimes Linux is just more user friendly.
My little ones agree. ;)
Printing in Linux is, and has been for many years, far superior to both macOS and Windows.

Though funny story, I bought a printer that supports printing on CDs with labels. It wasn't natively supported by cups at the time, so I ended up buying TurboPrint. TurboPrint now crashes my Laserjet. Like full on causes it to reboot if I try to print with it. Cups works perfectly with it though...

Edit: To clarify; two different printers, the one is an inkjet I bought for printing on CDs is a Canon IPX200 (or something like that), the other is an All in One HP Laserjet/scanner/copier.

Last edited by slaapliedje on 16 May 2023 at 6:08 pm UTC
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